Our football match prediction:
David faces Goliath at Stadio Ezio Scida in a postponed fixture. The Bianconeri recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Inter at the weekend and thanks to the triumph they moved one step closer to defending their Serie A trophy. Juve are regarded as hot favourites to win Wednesday’s football match against the relegation strugglers, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The reigning champions are after their fifth consecutive win in all competitions and seeing that Davide Nicola’s charges sit in the relegation zone in the Serie A standings, we predict that the visitors will pick up all three points from the game. Crotone suffered a 1-0 loss to Palermo in Sunday’s relegation six-pointer and, no doubt, the hosts are low on confidence ahead of the visit of Juventus. You should have in mind that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the Italian elite division.
Highlighted Player (Claiton):
Claiton Machado dos Santos is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Serie A side Crotone. Claiton was born in Santa Helena de Goias on 7 September, 1984 and his main position in centre back. However, he is capable of playing as a left back if needed. The Brazilian defender began his youth career at Bologna, but Milan scouts brought him to Stadio San Siro in 2002. Claiton played for the likes of Varese, Bari and Chievo at senior level before joining Crotone in 2014 on a free transfer. He played for the likes of Prato and Lecco from 2004 to 2006 on loan as well. Claiton is a Brazilian footballer, but he has yet to make his debut for the national team. It has to be noted that he illegible to play for Italy as well. His contract with Crotone expires on 30 June, 2017. His market value in June, 2016 was €500,000.
Highlighted Team (Juventus):
Juventus are considered one of the greatest European football clubs. The Bianconeri (The White and Blacks) have won two Champions League trophies (1985, 1996) and they did well to clinch three UEFA Cup titles (1977, 1990, 1993). The Italian giants have won 32 Serie A trophies and it is well known that a number of star players were part of Juve in the past. The likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Lilian Thuram, Filippo Inzaghi, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet all played for Juventus, whilst legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has yet to retire. Juve were stripped two domestic trophies during the “Calciopoli” scandal, but despite being relegated to Serie B, the club quickly brought glory days back to Turin. The Bianconeri used to play their home games at Stadio delle Alpi, but nowadays they welcome their rivals at Juventus Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 41,475. La Vechhia Signora (The Old Lady) is yet another nickname of the club. Juve’s biggest rivals are Torino and the two local rivals take on each other in the Turin derby.